The trees of life...
Hello. For the last 7 years or so I've been planting trees.
Several times a year, I've stopped and gathered some seeds from trees indigenous to this area. I'm in Oregon.
I just put them in a big plastic bag, and keep it with me as I travel here and there. Along the road, I pull over where it's safe and throw the seeds... dozens at a time over the guard rail, down in the gulleys on public land where there are no overhead wires.
My hunch from talking to the local extension service is that perhaps 1 % of the seeds grow to become trees. So if I throw 10,000 seeds a year, 100 trees are planted.The extension service people can tell you what trees you can use in your area .
In 7 years, that would be say 600 trees. By about the fourth year, the trees are now making their own seeds...so they are planting too.That being the case I planted 100 trees ( give or take a bit ) this year and there were perhaps 200 trees planting naturally.
So this year my trees outplanted me by 2 or 3 to 1 which is great! By year 10, the trees will be outplanting me by 10, 20, perhaps 30 times. The numbers are truly phenomenal beyond the year 10 mark!
I've been sharing this idea with people all over the world and estimate that at the very least 700 people have taken up the idea.
They are all around the U.S., Canada, Britain, Australia, Russia, Africa, The Philippines, and in many other places.
This isn't the least bit "political'' . no ones permission is
required, and it takes no funding or special training... just do it and enjoy knowing that some of those seeds will become trees.
My work gathering seeds and planting them is already grown small compared to the growing # of people doing this. That is one of the goals.. if you share the idea with say 3 people.. and they do it and each one shares with 1 or 2 more... there you have it!
A great many of them are writing back to me and asking to share this letter. So by all means... feel free, do share this letter !
My goal is that there will be 10,000 people planting trees world wide. If on average each person gathers and plants seeds a few times a year for an hour or two.. they will be planting about as much as I am...
10,000 people planting 100 trees each in a year... is 1,000,000 trees. That is a forest of 20 square miles.. PER YEAR! Imagine what ten years of this will create!
My suggestion is to do this in a relaxed manner... find native seeds that are heavy enough to throw.. collect some seeds and find places to throw them... it's how things grow naturally... seeds fall and grow.
The "magic'' of this as I mentioned happens about year 4... when the new trees are making their own seeds . These little gulleys behind he guard rails along the highway are steep and will never be bothered, so the trees will be able to grow undisturbed and plant new
ones on their own..
Shady ground retains moisture, remains cool, provides habitat for birds and other animals, and is great to look at too.
I hope that you'll join me in this activity.. It is so simple and nearly efffortless. My goal of 10,000 people is only 50 people per country . That actual # of people doing this may vastly exceed that # in several years... which would be great.
For each person planting seeds and sharing the idea, this will become your idea as much as it is mine. It will be making a huge difference .
We have been trained to believe that solutions must be complex to